Louisiana Celebrates Bastille Day
France’s national day is celebrated by all in towns and cities across Louisiana. This year, the momentum of the World Cup and the New Orleans Tricentennial made the festivities all the more vibrant.
5:30pm - 8:30pm, Thursday, July 12 at Degas House
Bastille Day weekend began with a special event at the New Orleans home of French impressionist painter Edgar Degas. This free event featured live music, passed hors d’œuvres, and a birthday cake.
6:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday, July 13 at the New Orleans Museum of Art
This year, over 2,200 people came to celebrate France’s national day at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Local swing band Bon Bon Vivant kept the crowd dancing, Boucherie, Café Degas, Café NOMA, Crêpes à la Cart, and Frencheez provided delicious food for all, dance group Roux La La gave a special performance, the Merry Antoinettes helped pass out programs and contribute to the atmosphere, and much more! Consul General Vincent Sciama delivered the welcoming remarks: "Let us share this joie de vivre, and wonder, each and every one of us, how we can on an individual and collective level do more to enhance our partnership and friendship between France and Louisiana". This event was presented by the Alliance Française of New Orleans, The French-American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Chapter, The Consulate General of France in Louisiana, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
10:00am - 11:00am, Saturday, July 14 at the Joan of Arc Statue in the French Quarter
For over 20 years, the Council of French Societies has presented the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Joan of Arc statue in New Orleans. This year, Rosine Pema Sanga attended on behalf of the City of New Orleans. Before Giovanna Joseph of Opéra Créole sang the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, Consul General Vincent Sciama stated "Joan of Arc is a symbol of New Orleans and a symbol of France representing courage and resilience, two values that we share."
9:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday, July 14 at the New Orleans Yacht Club
This year, 16 boats participated in the annual Bastille Day regatta with The Defiance taking home the perpetual trophy, which is itself from France. The Consul General was present at the awards ceremony to present each winner with a bottle of sparkling wine. On this occasion, the National World War II Museum’s PT boat USS Sudden Jerk was docked at the marina. It was built in 1943 and saw action in the Mediterranean during the Second World War.
6:00pm - 8:00pm, Saturday, July 14 at Gallier Hall
The Consulate General welcomed guests to celebrate France’s national day at the newly-renovated Gallier Hall in New Orleans. David Torkanowsky & friends provided entertainment, including a wonderful rendition of La Marseillaise. Click here to read the Consul General’s full speech.
La Fête Nationale in Lafayette
5:00pm - 8:30pm, Saturday, July 14, Lafayette
Thanks to a partnership between CODOFIL, Festival International, and Downtown Alive!, Lafayette celebrated France’s national day with a street party that took place along Jefferson Street. The event featured performances by Dylan LeBlanc and the Pollies, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, and Jace Goulas & the Aucoin Family Band.